On a warm Sunday morning last month in Washington Square Park, parents were leisurely pushing strollers, sunbathers were strewn about on the grass, and people of all ages were lounging on the wooden benches and sipping coffee.
Iran acquires nuclear weapons and Israel and the United States have only a window of a week to ensure pre-emptive capability. Shortly after hearing the news, the Israeli Prime Minister slips into a coma. Enemies of Israel announce it will soon be the end of the Jewish state. Are their words simply bravado or a real threat? The crew of the Israeli sub “The Dolphin” heads out into deadly waters and they are prepared to fire nuclear weapons against Iran if need be. And among many questions that arise, there is one that sticks out in Noah Beck’s new novel “The Last Israelis.”
The sign at the entrance to Temple Beth Shalom of Smithtown, at first glance, seems standard-issue; it stands about six feet high, with white letters (announcing the times of services) on a black background inside a glass frame.
But look again, and the bottom part of the sign holds a revelation, so to speak. “JCL,” the sign announces in bright colors, an orange flame inside the curve of the C — Jesus Christ Lives. And underneath that the Spanish version: Ministerio Jesuchristo Vive, a fast-growing Evangelical Christian church.
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Former Comptroller Bill Thompson has Jewish friends in Borough Park and Manhattan. Christine Quinn is likely to find some backing from chasidim who respect her positions on crime and her support for nonprofit groups and city services.